12.09.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Jakarta Graces the 2018 International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO

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With the theme “Protecting Heritage, Fostering Creativity,” the National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines (NAUCP) with the support of the Philippine National Commission (NatCom) for UNESCO successfully hosted the 2018 International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO at Icon Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines from 06-08 September 2018.

Overall, the assembly endeavored to serve as an avenue to strengthen UNESCO Clubs’ intrinsic mandate of being grassroots change makers empowering them to carry on the challenge of localizing efforts anchored on SGDs and other national and international declarations. The participants of the conference also drafted a key document that embodied the ideas and action plans of the general assembly, for submission to the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO.

Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office, Jakarta served as the keynote speaker on the final day of the event. During his presentation, he emphasized that UNESCO always encourages partnerships between the Organization and young people’s networks to incorporate their ideas and collaborate with them in setting up projects and programmes in line with UNESCO’s priority areas. As an example, he cited the collaboration between UNESCO and Citi Foundation wherein 350 youths in Indonesia who are engaged in culture related business benefitted from business development and capacity-building trainings.

Moreover, Prof. Shahbaz Khan highlighted how science has been successfully utilized to safeguard the environment, protect heritage, and create new livelihood opportunities for economically disadvantaged communities. He mentioned that UNESCO has been working closely with various institutions in the fields of natural and social and human sciences for the protection of biosphere reserves, world heritage sites and in the implementation of water management projects. One of the projects he discussed is the Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB) which is described as “an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments.”

Dr. Serafin Arviola, Jr., Founding Chairperson of NAUCP and Ms. Lindsay Barrientos, Deputy Executive Director of Philippines’ National Commission for UNESCO expressed their gratitude to Professor Shahbaz Khan for sharing his knowledge and expertise to all the participants which included delegates from accredited UNESCO Clubs, academic institutions, local government units and non-governmental organizations.

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